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Nigerians In Saudi Arabia Change Names To Avoid Deportation

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January 19, 2014 – Nigerians In Saudi Arabia Change Names To Avoid Deportation

Nigerian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Alhaji Abubakar Bunu, has said that many Nigerian emigrants in that country are changing their names to outsmart authorities and avoid deportation.

Amb. Bunu, who disclosed this to journalists in Gusau on Saturday, said many of the emigrants had gone into hiding thereby making it difficult for the law enforcement agents to trace them.

He explained that in spite of joint efforts by the Saudi authorities and officials of the Nigerian Embassy there to locate them, only about 500 persons had been repatriated in the last six months.

He said the embassy had discovered that some of the emigrants, who had lived there for upwards of 25 years, had crossed through different routes including Sudan and Yemen or as pilgrims on lesser hajj and refused to return.

Bunu stated that although the figure of Nigerians staying illegally in the kingdom was not known, the Saudi authorities said it was over one million.

He therefore advised Nigerians who want to stay in the Arabian country to regularise their documents with the authorities to avoid unwarranted embarrassment.

Some deportees, who were brought back to Gusau recently and spoke to NAN on condition of anonymity, however claimed hat “only when one was hit with hard luck that the person gets arrested and deported.”

They maintained that many Nigerians still lived normal lives in Mecca and Madinah by going to the markets and praying at the Holy Mosques without being harassed.

They said, “we will still go back whenever we get the chance,” pointing out that, “we still have our family members and personal belongings there.”

NAN reports that the ambassador was in the state to attend the state’s PDP elders and stakeholders meeting organised by the party’s caretaker leadership in Gusau.




  1. Christine A

    January 19, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    what is so special about Saudi Arabia that you Nigerians are changing your names. This is a country where you can be killed for any slight offence.
    Africans stop wasting your lives

  2. ayobami

    January 19, 2014 at 3:46 AM


  3. ayobami

    January 19, 2014 at 3:48 AM


  4. foluke

    January 19, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    Dis is not any nigerian fault @all,it bicos our stupid politician are not ready to make nigeria good for people to live & work easily.

  5. mulikat

    January 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    I can only go their for my hajj,to stay their never in my life,everything is not allowed and they hate black person more than white man, afterall,they are in middel,not white and not black,to they kill you call you names never.any little thing death e.t.c.

  6. Bello

    January 20, 2014 at 6:05 AM

    Mulikat ? Are u sure you know your religion, Prophet or your Holy Quran? I wish you go there once in your life time. The bias against Islam in your mind will be cleared.It is not true that everything is prohibited in Saudi,afterall even Quran does not prohibit everything;it prohibits few compared to what it allows. There are certain acts that you take for granted that they never allow in Saudi.That is why we are spoilt here, with lawlessness. They are protecting their history, religion and country.Saudi is not like Nigeria where everything is allowed. You cant kill, smuggle or do 419 and be free in Saudi, no matter who you are.So, bear with them in their country, just like you are tolerating USA and China for killing criminals according to their traditions & laws. Your hatred for Islam should not stop you from admitting that no matter what Saudi do to Nigerians over there, they still prefer to stay and die there than coming to Nigeria where law does not apply. The Nigerians there know what they are looking for when they change their names to be allowed to remain there.

  7. zee

    January 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    9ja people are desperado..they can enter d hole of a snake to find cash.plz y.d ans is poverty in da land

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